TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders will release
the responses of the Ontario Liberal Party, Ontario Progressive
Conservative Party, and New Democratic Party to four critical issues
impacting the delivery of policing services in Ontario on Monday,
"It is integral for Ontario voters to understand the key issues
impacting policing and our ability to meet the safety needs of our
communities. During this provincial election, OACP is committed to
equipping voters with this important information before they head to
the polls on October 6th," said Chief Matt Torigian (Waterloo Regional Police Service),
President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).
Chief Torigian noted that safe, liveable communities play a critical
role in the quality of life Ontarians enjoy.
"Good hospitals and schools, a strong economy, and all the other things
that make our province a great place to live in are dependent on
community safety," said Chief Torigian. "But it's equally important
that Ontarians can count on strong and accountable police services when
it comes to community safety. Citizens also need elected lawmakers who
are committed to addressing critical public safety and justice issues
in partnership with Ontario's police leaders."
The OACP has identified the following four issues impacting all police
services and communities in Ontario and will unveil the parties'
responses to these issues on September 19:
Sustainable Provincial Funding for Policing Programs
Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to sustainable funding for programs that
provide police services and our communities with funding for police
officers (CPP, 1000 Officers Program) in perpetuity and ensure that
funding for such programs have a COLA (cost of living adjustment)
Sustainable Provincial Funding for Community Safety Programs
Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to providing permanent funding for critically
important specialized programs such as TAVIS, PAVIS, the Provincial
Strategy for the Protection of Children Against Internet Exploitation,
and other programs?
Commitment to supporting professional policing as the preferred policing
option for the people of Ontario
Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to initiating a legislative/regulatory review
of Special Constables in Ontario within 120 days of the 2011 Provincial
Election as requested by Ontario's police leaders in OACP Resolution
2007-02 and the OACP White Paper Report on Special Constables in
Ontario (June 2009)? Is your party committed to supporting
professional, publicly-funded policing for "core" policing for the
people of Ontario?"
A Summit on "Policing in Ontario"
Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to organizing and funding a major summit on the
future of policing in Ontario? This would be a comprehensive review of
the meaning of "core policing" for publicly funded police services. The
Terms of Reference would include core duties and responsibilities,
community expectations, appropriate oversight/accountability, the
transition to community mobilization and peacekeeping model of
policing, measurable outcomes and what would be required to support it
(sustainable funding, legislation, regulations, adequacy standards,
two-tiered policing, etc.). We need to shape the future of publicly
funded policing in the Province of Ontario."
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